Sparwirth signs of 2018 in style

Joe Sparwirth with Don Carmody, Tom Herrington and Brian Parish.
Joe Sparwirth with Don Carmody, Tom Herrington and Brian Parish.

PSC Golf from the Tropical Golf Group

Monday, Dec. 24, Bangpakong Riverside – Stableford

Twas the day before Christmas and at BJ’s Holiday Lodge, the Tropical Golfers finished up breakfast and loaded golf bags into the vehicles. There was zero chance of a white Christmas, and hardly a cloud in the sky, as we motored up Route 7 to Bangpakong Riverside Country Club. This course is usually in great condition, and today was no exception. The “closely mown” areas were a pleasure to hit from, and the greens ran true as always.

With a field of 19 players, there were ten winners, spread over two flights. The A flight (0–23) had the score of the day, with Brian Gabe’s 41 stableford points, playing from his course handicap of 19 taking the top billing. Second went to Rob Brown (8) with 38 points, Mick Coghlan (37) was third with 33, and Steve Truelove (8) rolled in fourth with 33.

In the B flight (24+), Torsten Bischoff, well known German tennis player (25) claimed first place with 37 points ahead of Don Carmody (29) in second on 36, Dave Cooper (29) in third with 34, and Joe Sparwirth (25) placing fourth with 33.

The best front-nine (not placing) went to Brian Parish’s 18, while, Gordon Clegg had the best back-nine score with 17 points.

Friday, Dec. 28, Greenwood A & C – Stableford

The end of another golf year and what a great one it’s been! The Tropical Golfers went out in style with a trip to the ever-excellent Greenwood, and after that came the annual Tropical Golf celebration. How perfect can a day get?

Greenwood was in perfect form, and so were many of the 25 golfers, and with eighteen prizes spread across four flights, the odds were in the players’ favor. So how did it all finish?

In the A-Flight (0-16), Brian Parish took the honours on countback over Rob Brown, both with 37 points. Mashi Kaneta was a point back in third and Steve Truelove completed the flight podium with 34.

Torsten Bischoff.
Torsten Bischoff.

Tom Herrington topped the B-Flight (17-25) with a fine 39 points, Dick Warberg was second on point adrift of Tom, Brian Gabe took third with 35 and Walter Baechli fourth on 33.

C-Flight (26-29) saw Joe Sparwirth post the best score of the day, a superb 41 points, Graham B was second on 39, and some way back in third and fourth respectively on 30 points came Frank Xin and Daryl Evans.

Don Carmody was winner in D-Flight (30-36) with 35 points, Gordon Clegg came second on 34, Kurt E took third place with 33 and Karen Brown fourth on 31.

The best nines by non-winners came from Landis Brooks and Barry Elphick.